(Bringing out the old school Photoshop for this story)
How about a little good injury news to take us into the weekend? With guys taking balls off various parts of their bodies every other game (phrasing), I think we could all use a little pick-me-up, right?
Well via Donnie Collins and Cash, we've got one. Collins first reported that Phil Hughes had been scratched from his scheduled final rehab start for Triple-A SWB tomorrow while confirming that there was nothing physically wrong with him, and Cash put the pieces together for us by telling reporters that Hughes will indeed start in place of David Phelps tomorrow in the second game of the Yankees' weekend series against the Tigers.
Knowing the way the Yankees tend to take it easy on guys with injuries, and knowing Hughes' checked history with his back, this has to be a sign that he's 100% healthy. I can't see them making this move if there was even a sliver of doubt about that. Assuming Kuroda is still on schedule to make his next start, and he should be after throwing a bullpen with no reported problems earlier today, the Yanks have their projected starting rotation back together sooner than anticipated. And I'll drink to that!